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you working in the field hard, too, cierra. kris sanchez will be join me tomorrow. we're back here tomorrow morning bright and early, 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. every day. the "today" show starts now. have a fantastic day. good morning on trial the official start to donald trump's second impeachment opening arguments just hours away on capitol hill. >> fight like hell. >> just ahead, the house prosecutors' graphic, opening presentation, using trump's own words against him. >> if that's not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing. >> the president's lawyers arguing the trial itself is unconstitutional >> they hated the results of the 2016 election and want to use on trial the official start to donald trump's second impeachment opening arguments just hours
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away on capitol hill. >> fight like hell. >> just ahead, the house prosecutors' graphic, opening presentation, using trump's own words against him. >> if that's not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing. >> the president's lawyers arguing the trial itself is unconstitutional >> they hated the results of the 2016 election and want to use this impeachment process to further their political agenda. >> but facing bipartisan scorn for their lackluster presentation, and even praising the prosecutors. >> -- was well done. >> it speaks for itself. it was disorganized, random. >> we're live from washington. hope on the horizon. officials announce new steps to dramatically boost vaccine distribution from coast to coast. plus, a new drug to help in the fight wins approval overnight, as u.s. cases of the coronavirus continue to drop we'll have the very latest mass shooting. a gunman opens fire inside a minnesota health clinic, killing one person and wounding four others >> this incident was targeted at that facility or at someone within that facility. >> this morning, what we're learning about the suspect, now in custody, and his long history with police. the hits keep on coming. yet another new winter storm in the works toda a dangerous mix of snow, rain, and ice across a 1,500-mile stretch from texas to the northeast. al's got everything we need to
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know turning the page the brand formerly known as aunt jemima unveils a new name and logo inside the change after more than a century those stories, plus, attorney at paw. >> did you hear me, judge? >> the lawyer who got stuck on a kitten filter during a court hearing. >> i'm here liveou hear me meow? i'm not a cat. >> that lawyer zooms with live us to say, can you hear me meow? today, wednesday, february 10th, 2021 >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza good morning, everybody. welcome to "today. it is a wednesday morning, and glad to have you with us. >> did you say, can you hear me meow she did. >> mic drop. i'm out of here. we'll talk live with that lawyer it is a story making a lot of people giggle.
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we'll begin with the impeachment trial. today house managers will start detailing their case against former president trump after these six republicans joined democrats in voting to proceed >> that is an important number because it takes 17 republicans to reach the two thirds majority needed to convict. each side will get up to 16 hours of arguments, meaning, a vote could happen as soon as this weekend we have two reports for you. let's get it started with nbc's chief white house correspondent kristen welker kristen, good morning. >> hi, savannah. good morning to you. it could be another emotional day of arguments as house impeachment managers prepare to present new details in their case against former president trump. democrats are poised to show more video from the day of the january 6th attack, as they try to prove their assertion that mr. trump incited the riot, something the former president denies we should warn you, the video presented by house managers so far is graphic, and nbc news has
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edited out offensive language. >> reporter: house managers unveiled a sering searin 13-minute video montage of the january 6th insurrection, presenting the harrowing events as they unfolded it transported senators back to the terrifying moments that they experienced themselves >> [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. >> reporter: linking mr. trump's remarks before the riots -- >> if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> reporter: -- with his supporters invoking his name while storming congress. >> you are outnubbed there's [ bleep ] of us out there. >> reporter: the democrats' lead manager, jamie raskin, was blunt. >> that is a high crime and misdemeanor. if that's not an impeachable offense, there is no such thing. >> reporter: raskin emotional himself, breaking down while discussing his daughter, tabitha, who witnessed the attack one day after raskin buried his son >> she said, "dad, i don't want
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to come back to the capitol. >> reporter: former president trump's lead counsel, bruce castor, praising the democrats' >> i'll be quite frank with you. we changed what we wergoing to do on account that we thought the house managers' presentation was well done. >> reporter: notably contradicting his client, acknowledging president biden won the election. >> the american people just spoke, and they just changed administrations. >> reporter: while pushing back on the democrats' argument that impeachment is the right way to hold a president accountable for 11th hour conduct. >> after he's out of office, you go and arrest him. >> reporter: even though mr. trump was impeached by the house while still in office. >> this trial will tear this country apart, perhaps like we have only seen once before in our history. >> reporter: louisiana's bill cassidy, the only senator to change his position after hearing the presentations,
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delivering this stinging assessment oformer president trump's legal team >> it was disorganized, random, had nothing -- they talked abou talk about the issue at hand. the house managers did a much better job. >> reporter: now, three sources familiar with the matter tell nbc news president trump was extrh his legal team's showing and is expecting more later this week. overnight, his attorney, david schoen, was asked on fox news if the legal team will be more prepared moving forward. he said he was confident they would be. now again, we stress this point, democrats would need 17 republicans to vote with them in order to convict. remember, on tuesday only six gop senators agreed the proceedings were even constitutional. the bar is very high, savannah. >> kristen, thank you. joining us with more on the start of the trial and the game plan on each side moving forward, nbc's senior washington correspondent hallie jackson. good morning. it was striking to see that both
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republicans and democrats, not just one or a handful, came out and said the legal arguments presented, at first, by the first lawyer on behalf of the trump team, were not up to snuff. on the other hand, hallie, let's be really blunt about it. they could read the phone book for the next five days. republicans do not appear to be >> that is so clear, savannah, when you look at just where the numbers are here. yes, it is significant, of course, that senator cassidy basically flipped joining the other five republicans, who we knew would sort of vote in this direction. what's perhaps more impactful is more republicans didn't follow suit, right? you look at somebody like senator rob portman, who folks have been looking at to see if he would also flip to sort of agree with where democrats were coming from on this constitutionality question. it is hard to see, at this point, especially after that first argument by the former president's attorney, bruce castor, how more republicans now -- you would need 11 more republicans to join in and vote
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to convict donald trump. at this point, it's tough to see how they hit that bar. obviously, this, on the part of the former president's attorneys, is more of a political strategy than a legal one. senator cassidy saying the arguments from bruce castor here, who you're looking at, were almost embarrassing. they should have been embarrassed to make them. watch for a change on that in the next few days. >> in fact, in point of fairness, democrats are also dug into their position. they look ready to uniformly out, as well. >> absolutely. >> what are the next steps here, and is this all just political theater? >> so that's the argument that the defense team is basically making, that this is pure, raw politics at this point. the democrats have a very different argument, and you saw it come out in the emotion that was highlighted in what we just saw here. expect to see more of that today. this starts now the long days and long nights. you have up to 16 hours of ment impeachment managers, the de facto prosecutors, and then from
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the defense team for each side. that'll probably take us through the weekend. we don't think the former president's defense team will take their full 16 hours. that's something to watch. after that, there is questioning by senators, a debate over potential witnesses and documents, and then you hit those closing arguments and final senate vote. at this point, that's looking likely perhaps early next week, but it is tough to say specifically what day it'll go down. >> hallie, thank you so much. nbc news will bring you live coverage of today's proceedings on capitol hill, starting at noon eastern. now to the ongoing fight against the coronavirus. hopeful signs that it is heading in the right direction here in the united states. cases continuing to fall nationwide, and there's a new push to boost vaccines. in fact, here in new york, citi field is opening up a mass vaccination site today. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer has the latest. miguel, nice to start with good news on this front. >> yeah, hoda. the news is good. help is on the way for states waiting for more vaccines. people waitingn lo i lines to
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get theirs, the federal government dramatically boosting vaccine distribution as soon as next week. this as new data shows concern among racial disparities over who's actually getting vaccinated. >> reporter: this morning, hope is on the horizon. covid hospitalizations are falling across the country. the seven-day average for daily infections now at a three-month low. to fix vaccine shortages, the biden administration is boosting distribution to states, from 8.6 million doses this week to 11 million next week, a 28% increase. and they're sending vaccines directly to community health centers, to help reach 30 million people in underserved communities. >> we think with people experiencing homelessness, agricultural and migrant workers, residents of public housing. >> reporter: this as new data shows troubling racial disparities in who is getting the vaccine. in cities like los angeles, only
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7% of black seniors have been vaccinated, less than half the rate of white and asian-american seniors. >> for parts of the population, like african-americans, you need places that are small, in their neighborhoods, staffed by people they know. >> reporter: with states like california, colorado, iowa, and new york lifting restrictions, there's growing concern over those covid variants that could be more contagious and more resistant to vaccines. our richard engel spoke to the ceo of biontech, which helped develop the pfizer vaccine. >> we have tested more than 20 different variants, and for all of them, we see either complete protection or slightly less protection. >> reporter: officials need 85% of the population to be vaccinated before life can return to normal. >> i think then we could really pull back on some of the public health constraints we have, like
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mask wearing. >> reporter: the fda authorized a new virus antibody treatment for those with mild to moderate symptoms. it can reduce the risk of hospitalizations and deaths by as much as 70%. another important tool in the fight against the virus. hoda? >> miguel almaguer for us. thank you. also this morning, we are learning more about a deadly mass shooting. it happened inside a health clinic near minneapolis. at least one person was killed, four others were wounded. d gunman is now behind bars as police search for answers. nbc's shaquille brewster has got the story this morning. hi, shaq. good morning. >> good morning, savannah. police do have a suspect in custody and they're now spending time retracing his steps in the hours before that attack. police say he not only opened fire on the clinic, but it appears he left behind some potential explosive devices. >> reporter: terrifying moments inside a minnesota health clinic. >> ambulance can come right to the front. repeat, ambulance can come right to the front. >> reporter: a gunman opening
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fire. >> at least 15 shots were fired. >> reporter: five people shot, one of them dead. >> horrible looking scene. >> reporter: police responded to reports of gunfire at the allina health clinic in buffalo, minnesota, late tuesday morning. at the scene, officers found multiple shooting victims and called in the bomb squad after finding a suspicious package. >> it was an inactive shooter situation and some improvised explosive devices. >> reporter: the suspect, 67-year-old gregory paul ulrich was known to law enforcement. they say he had a history of being unhappy with his health care. >> the history that we have as a department with this individual makes it most likely that his -- this incident was targeted at that facility or at someone within that facility. ulrich at the scene and believe in a phone interview, the suspect's brother told nbc news, he believes ulrich struggled with opioids after back surgery
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two years ago. >> that's my best guess, that he was mad because they didn't -- they wouldn't give him the opioids he wanted. >> reporter: authorities also found additional suspicious devices at a local motel where they say ulrich was staying. tiffany was in the parking lot outside the clinic during the attack. >> i was just ready to drop my mom off at the front door, and i was going to go park. then the two front windows were shot as i was in the parking lot. she easily could have been in the way. wrong time, wrong place. >> reporter: the violence shaking this community to its core. >> you know, it is a small town. i know people who work there. i'm kind of waiting to hear names because i'm worried. >> reporter: health care workers at the center of the covid battle, now victims of another tragedy. now, three of the victims are do remain in the hospital this morning. doctors say they are in critical but stable condition. we're still waiting to learn morebout ahat one person who was killed in the shooting. as for the suspect, we do expect
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to see him in court for the first time on thursday. savannah? >> shaquille brewster, thank you very much. we have more to get to, including today's super bowl victory celebration in tampa, where it may be a little cold actually. hey, craig. >> hoda, good morning. good morning to you, as well. it is going to be a fitting party for tom brady and his fellow buccaneers. they're going to set sail for a boat parade there in tampa. nbc's sam brock on duty in tampa for us once again. sam, good to see you >> reporter: craig, good to see you. you were down here, you got a temperature check of the city. you know how excited everybody is here to celebrate the plans came together late we did not find out what the city was going to be doing, specifically, until last night, when an email came out distant boat parade, which is happening over my shoulder on the hillsborough river, if you've been to downtown tampa, there is a beautiful riverwalk that wraps around the city that's where fans will come out and celebrate as they watch the players come through on
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essentially a flotilla of boats. this is not unprecedented. of course, this is champa bay. the lightning down here, the hockey team, also won in 2020. you can see examples right now of what that boat parade looked like there's some differences this time though. the biggest one being that boaters can be on the water, but they cannot be active participants in the parade, like they were with the hockey players during that september celebration. there is also a requirement of wearing masks in all entertainment districts and event zones. the mayor here has been adamant about the fact people need to be doing that craig, it is worth pointing out, during the super bowl, and following the bucs' massive victory this past sunday, people were out parading around the streets. many of them close together. many of them not wearing masks the mayor of tampa said, look, we're at a historic point for the city there's no way we're not going to be celebrating it when we do, please be careful. perhaps one of the biggest questions today, craig, as we see the lombardi trophy come to
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tampa for the second time now, will rob gronkowski, aka, robbie g, be allowed to hold the trophy last time he did, it didn't work out well he dented it however, gronk -- you may recall that from two years ago. gronk did score two touchdowns in the super bowl. maybe they'll give him a pass this time. pun intended. >> gronk has to hold the trophy. sam brock in champa bay for us thanks, as always, buddy. all right. let's get our first check of the weather. parade of winter storms is what al is watching hi. >> i like what you did there. >> thank you. >> let's show you what's going on we have 47 million people from texas all the way to new jersey under winter weather alerts. we're starting to see some icing develop, and that's what we're concerned about. how is this happening? well, we have big area of high pressure bringing arctic air tropic air around this high pressure ice storm will develop along it. what happens is, you'll have this rain to the south, an icy mix, and snow into the northeast. what happens is, the warm air wedges up over cold air.
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the rain that falls falls through this super cold air. it then freezes when it hits the ground, and that creates a dangerous glaze of ice for roads, trees, power lines, and so for today, arctic air clashing with that moist air bringing snow and ice into the midwest. tomorrow, significant icing from arkansas all the way to virginia then as we move on into friday, we're looking at morning snow in the mid-atlantic sleet, freezing rain ending from west to east here's what we look for. heavy rain, from 1 to 3 inches, from houston all the way to greenville significant icing, up to 0.5 inch from wichita falls all the way to richmond. then snowfall, the highest snowfall totals will be in the mountains of west virginia and virginia, anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow lighter snow as you move further to the north we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds
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of head coach andy reid. it's left a 5-year-old girl fighting for her life. why a warrant was issued for britt reid's cell phone, as the team places him on administrative leave. and the re-branding of aunt jemima is official the new name, logo, and how it the new name, logo, and how it was chosen
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youngest students will return to the classroom but not before parents applied a lot of pressure on their school board, even threatening several recall efforts. today students in transitional kinder through second grade return. next week third through fifth graders go back to school. the board is working when sixth through 12th graders return. in san francisco the city attorney added several counts to the lawsuit against san francisco unified allegations constitutional violation of the student's right to education. waiting for the sun's return today, because the rain will return tomorrow. here's kari with the forecast. >> yes, we've got a lot of these storms just lined up out there in the pacific, and we'll be moving in starting tomorrow afternoon. as of now, we are all dry and we are going to see that rain rolling first into the north bay, by about 12:00 to 1:00 tomorrow and pushing across the rest of the bay area by late tomorrow, and then we do take a break in between, before the next storm system comes in on
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saturday. so you're basically looking at rain every other day here with temperatures near normal, reaching into the upper 50s and low 60s. laura? >> all right, thanks so much, kari. we'll be back with another local news update for you in about half hour.
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♪ life on mars ♪ wednesday morning. it is not every day a mission to mars takes place, but one is happening today. actually, it is one of three this month, including one from nasa so is this the start of a new space race we're going to talk with tom costello about this. he is having a good day today. >> any reason to play the david bowie's song one of my favorites. headlines at 7:30. federal authorities have released their long-awaite findings in the helicopter crash that killed kobe bryant, his daughter, and seven others last year the ntsb says the pilot became
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so disoriented in the thick clouds and fog, he couldn't discern up from down investigators say he violated flight rules by flying int conditions where he could not see. they also say he may have felt self-induced pressure to get bryant and the others to their basketball tournament. now to an incredible story of survival. three people stranded on a small island in the bahamas for more than a month were rescued on tuesday. the u.s. coast guard spotted two men and a woman waving flags during a routine air patrol monday the crew dropped water, food, and a radio, but rescue efforts were delayed because of the weather. the coast guard returned tuesday and hoisted the trio to safety their boat had capsized almost five weeks ago the cuban nationals were dehydrated, but otherwise, they were okay. they told the crew they survived mostly on conch princess eugenie gave birth
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to her first child she announced the news yesterday with this instagram post showing the first-time parents holding their little baby's boy hand the princess and her husband have yet to release an official portrait of their son, which i guess will come later. the baby is the ninth great grandchild for the 94-year-old queen. we don't know yet the name of that little one. >> darling little hand though. also this morning, there are new developments in that accident that happened just days before the super bowl. it involved an assistant coach for kansas city. it was a multi-vehicle crash that left a 5-year-old girl in critical condition >> nbc's stephanie gosk joins us with the latest on that investigation. steph, good morning. >> craig, good morning the kansas city chiefs have put assistant coach britt reid on administrative leave while this accident is investigated he is the son of head coach of the chiefs, andy reid. on tuesday, a court issued a search warrant to seize his phone. he did not travel to the big
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game in tampa. meanwhile, that 5-year-old little girl who is in critical condition remains in the hospital fighting for her life >> reporter: kansas city police say britt reid's phone could help them understand more about thursday night's crash when his pickup smashed into two vehicles stopped along an on-ramp to the highway >> injured party has a 5-year-old female. she's going to be transported. >> reporter: the collision leaving 5-year-old ariel young in intensive care. this heartbreaking photo posted on a gofundme site by the little girl's aunt. according to the search warrant following the crash, ariel's mother, felicia, told police she saw reid talking on his phone. she stated she pled with him to call 911 as her phone was lost 911 records show a call was made from reid's phone moments after the collision. according to court documents, when police arrived, reid said he drank two to three drinks that night, while officers on the scene noticed a moderate
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odor of alcohol. his eyes were bloodshot and red. and that reid told officers he was on adderall. the crash just three days before sunday's super bowl took place a little after 9:00 p.m. down the road from the chiefs stadium. on monday, the team's head coach, andy reid, britt's father, revealing his son also suffered injuries. >> yeah, my heart goes out to that young lady. i'm also a dad, so i get that. i have concerns, obviously, on both sides britt did have surgeries he is doing better now >> reporter: today, kansas city police say it'll take weeks to investigate the incident, in part, because they are waiting for a toxicology report. >> it is our duty and our responsibility to present a clean case file to the prosecutor we want justice for this little girl >> reporter: britt reid has a troubled history, including pleading guilty to gun and drug
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charges in 2007, as well as driving under the influence that same year. the gofundme site set up by ariel's aunt raised more than $400,000 to help pay for hospital bills the aunt writing, that no child deserves to go through this, nor should any mother have to see her child like this. police say they want the cell phone to see if it perhaps distracted him in the moments leading up to the crash, and to see if he called someone right after the collision. we reached out to britt reid for comment, and he has not responded. back to you. >> stephanie gosk for us, thanks. coming up next, a new name and a new start for a breakfast staple. >> how the former aunt jemima brand is hoping to leave a problematic past behind, right after this wow. that's a low price. oh wow, that's a low price. what? ooo, that's a low price. you're so good at low prices. yeah. circle back on that later... that's a low price.
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aunt jemima will be known by a new name. >> anne thompson has a look behind that decision good morning. >> good morning. what's in a name millions and millions of dollars for a morning breakfast favorite but that name and brand was considered racist and offensive to many. now, quaker oats has a new name it hopes all americans can enjoy. there will be a new name on the pancake mix and syrup shelves this summer. pearl milling company. in the familiar red packaging that once bore the aunt jemima name and likeness. ♪ aunt jemima ♪ >> reporter: a staple on american breakfast tables for more than a century. >> aunt jemima buckwheat pancakes they're good >> reporter: quaker oats, the parent company, pulled the name and likeness this past june, saying, "we recognize aunt jemima's origins are based on a
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racial stereotype. >> the original aunt jemima image used until fairly recently was based on a model of a slave woman. that image of a slave, a happy slave, is a problematic image. >> reporter: the character inspired by a 19th centuhow. the smiling mamie, subservient to her white masters. >> it grew out of the tradition of a white folk wearing blackface, and even forcing black actors to wear blackface, to mimic african-americans >> reporter: though quaker oats said it tried to update the brand to make it appropriate and respectable, the changes were not enough >> black lives matter. >> reporter: especially after last summer's black lives matter protests, demanding racial equality those protests brought about a cultural reckoning of brands, including uncle ben's, now ben's original, and the washington football team. as for the new name, pearl milling company, quaker said it worked with a wide variety of
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people to gather broad perspectives and ensure the inclusivity in mind. that new brand refers to the missouri company where the pancake mix originated, giving an old favorite a new start. >> i see this not just as a challenge for them, but perhaps an opportunity if they talk about why this stereotype has been damaging, and why it's been difficult to operate a profitable brand that is attached to a racist stereotype, it might help the entire country wade more easily into these kinds of discussions. >> reporter: now, in addition to the new name, pearl milling company will soon announce a $1 million commitment, it says, will go to uplifting black girls and women. hoda >> all right anne thompson for us, thank you. >> nancy green, by the way, who played aunt jemima, born a slave, 1890, active in her church, led mission trips, became a civil rights advocate in her own right
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the fact they're donating to these girls, that's fitting. >> absolutely. >> good move. mr. roker, what you got? >> well, we have some really cold weather to talk about it's not going anywhere any time soon we've got this polar air mass. look at the wind chills today. it'll feel like 22 below in billings 29 in dallas 15 i duluth, minus 16 tomorrow, air temperatures are going to -- it is going to be 30 degrees colder than usual in grand isle down to abilene and dallas, upwards of 25 degrees colder than normal. look into the weekend, minneapolis, at or below zero. detroit, 19 by sunday. 24 in memphis. sunday, st. louis, 10 degrees. by sunday morning, 47 out of the 48 contiguous united states, it will be below freezing that's crazy stuff as we look for the rest of the continuous cold into next week, bismarck, minneapolis, chicago, wind chills colder than 10 to 15 below through monday
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bismarck, minneapolis, and chicago all looking at wind chills that are approaching 40 below. that is cold that is your latest weather. hehall. let's take a live look outside in walnut creek, starting out with sunshine and we are getting ready for a beautiful day. our temperatures will head for the low 60s, even some mid-60s in our inland valleys while the coastline will be in the upper 50s for a high today. as we go through the forecast, we have a lot more rain headed our way. some scattered showers starting mostly tomorrow afternoon and we'll take a break from the rain on friday with more showers on saturday. >> that's your weather. hoda? >> thank you, al. coming up next, inside the race to mars. >> with three missions under way. tom costello is going to explore where things stand and what happens next on the red planet, right after this hi, i'm a new customer and i want your best new smartphone deal. well i'm an existing customer
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one from the united arab emirates next week, nasa has a rover landing on the martian surface more of this as countries are putting eyes on the red planet and digging for answers. that red dot in the sky has captured our collective imagination for generations. now, working with the university of colorado, the united arab emirates' hope spacecraft successfully reached martian orbit, a first for the arab world. >> it's opened a broad realm for possibilities for everyone within the uae and also, and i truly hope, within the arab world. >> reporter: the uae, only the fifth nation or agency to reach the mars milestone now, china aims to join that club today with its mission. and next week, nasa's next generation of mars rovers, named perseverance, is set to land on the surface.
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all three missions began last summer during the ideal launch window mars and earth orbit closest to each other every 26 months nasa's mission is heavy on the cool factor, including a miniature helicopter named ingenuity, attached to the belly of the rover, and set to become the first aircraft ever to take off and land on another planet for aerial surveys the helicopter project manager. >> we're hoping to be like the wright brothers moment, but on another planet, mars yes, we're extraordinarily excited. >> reporter: to overcome the thin martian atmosphere, the chopper weigt hsunds the rover is also decked out equipped with microphones so humans can listen to the martian surface. 19 cameras, radars, spectrometers, censors, probes, and drills to collect soil and rock samples that future missions will pick up. looking for sign of past or present life on mars but could humans one day make the trip >> i'm alive
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obviously. but i'm guessing that's going to come as a surprise to my crewmates and to nasa. >> reporter: hollywood loves the idea nasa says it could happen in the mid to late 2030s. in an exclusive interview with nbc news, elon musk, spacex founder and ceo, is even more optimistic how soon would you expect a trip to mars? >> i think we can probably send uncrewed starships to mars in maybe about 3 1/2 years, something like that. perhaps in about 5 1/2 years or so, we can send people you know, if the uncrewed starships don't explode. >> reporter: spacex is working on the explosion issue nasa believes humans simply have to go to mars. >> an astronaut geologist can do more science in 15 minutes, probably, on the surface of mars than a robot can do in a much, much lger period
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of time. >> reporter: elon musk says mars is human's destiny. >> what future do you want, to be confined or earth or a future out there among the stars? i think future where we're out among the stars, that's what people want. >> reporter: there is a big ethical issue here, guys what if there is life underneath the surface of mars, which is a possibility. should we dig into it, potentially disturbing it? what if we put humans on mars? do we contaminate it should we bring those soil samples back to earth and potentially bring contamination back here? these are real serious ethical issues scientists are working on one possibility is to declare mars an international park that nobody can disrupt you can visit, but you have to keep your footprints to a minimum. we'll see how this plays out. guys, back to you. >> wow. >> lot to think about. >> we thought we had problems on earth. >> never thought of that. >> it was cool. >> a park. i thought it was the place we'd go if everything went bad here tom, thank you coming up, our pal blake shelton on the grand ole opry,
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good morning. it's 7:56. i'm laura garcia. here's what's happening now. i'm bob redell. thousands of grocery store workers in the south bay will receive a $3 an hour bump in pay starting in about two months. last night the san jose city council voted 7-3 in favor of this so-called hazard pay ordinance. this is to compensate workers for the added risk of working on the front lines of this pandemic. the new wage requirement will only apply to grocery stores who employ at least 300 people nationwide. small businesses with less than 300 employees will be exempt. good morning, everyone. i'm is the ask the. scott mcgrew. the second day of the second impeachment coverage at 9:00 this morning.
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we expect the prosecutors, house impeachment manager also begin opening arguments and those should last at least all day. let's check in with meteorologist kari hall, who has a look at our forecast. >> and it's such a beautiful day. we're going to see a lot of sunshine. we're starting out with some mild temperatures, and then as we go into today, we're reaching into the low 60s, so make some plans to get out there and take it in. we are going to see rain coming in, it starts tomorrow, temperatures slightly cooler, but there will be a break from the showers on friday but then there is more rain in the saturday forecast, and sunday is also looking dry, before we get another round of rain moving in on monday. so it looks like basically we have rain every other day here, and our temperatures remain seasonable with san francisco in the upper 50s extending at least into the beginning of next week, and our rain won't be that heavy. we're looking at moderate storms to bring much needed rain throughout the weekend. laura? >> that's true. we sure need it.
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thanks so much. we'll be back with another local news update for new half an hour. also the "today" show is coming up next. have a great day.
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it's 8:00 on "today. coming up, moving forward. democrats prepare for opening arguments today, after the senate votes to proceed with the second impeachment trial of former president trump six republicans voting it is constitutional this morning, mr. trump's legal team ready for a fight we're live with everything you need to know then she called it we'll talk to the first woman ever to officiate a super bowl just ahead, her message for other young fans looking to take the field. plus, give me shelton. we'll catch up with the one and only blake shelton as he
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prepares to celebrate the grand ole opry's birthday. >> when we perform on the opryme honored to be on the stage >> how blake plans to honor the legendary stage. and claw and order inside the story behind this technology mishap during a court hearing that's lit up the internet >> i'm here live i'm not a cat. >> we'll hear live from the attorney who has the whole world saying, "are you kitten me?" today, wednesday, february 10th, 2021 ♪ wide open ♪ >> it's my birthday. >> mine, too. >> mine, three. >> turning 18 on "today. >> we're the crowders from cincinnati, ohio. >> sending love to our brother, sergeant allen, serving in the u.s. army. hello, "today." ♪ i could be happy ♪
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>> all grandma has been asking for. >> for her 100th birthday. >> is to celebrate on the "today" show >> my dream come true. >> vivian, you gorgeous thing you. >> yes. >> 100 i'm going to need some i.d., vivian >> wow. >> happy birthday. good morning, everybody. wednesday. >> you kitten me >> i know. the "today" show pun department is working overtime with this cat story. >> well, you had a couple of them yourself. they've been pretty good. >> we're having fun. tomorrow on "today," we are devoting our full attention to the most important topic of our time right now we're talking about the covid vaccine. a lot of you guys have questions, so we're going to do our best to help you sort it all out. >> yes it is going to start with dr. anthony fauci, who will join us live with the latest on the rollout, supply, distribution, what is being done to get more shots in arms. then our team of experts vicky nguyen and dr. john torres will answer your questions on when, where, and how you can get
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vaccinated. we are also going to be launching a new digital tool, created by our parent company, comcast nbc universal. planyourvaccine.com. planyourvaccine.com. it is going to have everything you need to know all in one place, so you'll be ready to go when it's your turn. >> exactly. let's get to your news at 8:00 opening arguments set to begin today at the senate impeachment trial of former president donald trump. house managers got the go-ahead to proceed yesterday after an emotional reminder of the capitol mayhem the president is accused of inciting. weekend "today" co-host, chief white house correspondent kristen welker joins us with details. good morning. >> good morning to you house impeachment managers say they will present new evidence as they prepare to lay out their case against former president donald trump, accusing him of inciting the attack against the u.s. capitol it comes on the heels of a fiery first day. we do want to warn you that the video presented by the house managers so far is graphic, and nbc news edited out the
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offensive language >> reporter: house managers unveiled a searing and often graphic 13-minute video montag of the january 6th insurrection. presenting the harrowing events as they unfolded it transported senators back to the terrifying moments as they experienced themselves >> [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. >> reporter: linking mr. trump's remarks before the riots -- >> if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> reporter: -- with his supporters invoking his name while storming congress. >> you're outnubbed. there's [ bleep ] of us out there! >> reporter: the democrats' lead manager, jamie raskin, was blunt. >> that is a high crime and misdemeanor. if that's not an impeachable offense, there is no such thing. >> reporter: raskin emotional himself, breaking down while discussing his daughter, tabitha, who witnessed the attack one day after raskin buried his son
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>> she said, "dad, i don't want to come back to the capitol. >> reporter: former president trump's lead counsel, bruce castor, praising the democrats' opening statement. >> i'll be quite frank with you. we changed what we were going to do on account that we thought the house managers' presentation was well done. >> reporter: notably contradicting his client, acknowledging president biden won the election. >> the american people just >> the american people just spoke. and they just changed administrations. >> reporter: while pushing back on the democrats' argument that impeachment is the right way to hold a president accountable for 11th hour conduct. >> after he's out of office, you go and arrest him. >> reporter: even though mr. trump was impeached by the house while still in office. louisiana's bill cassidy, the only senator to change his position after hearing the presentations, delivering this stinging assessment of former president trump's legal team >> the house managers did a much
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better job >> reporter: three sources familiar with the matter tell nbc news, former president trump was extremely displeased with his legal team's showing and is expecting more later this week overnight, one of his attorneys, david schoen, was asked on fox news if the legal team will be more prepared moving forward he said he's confident they will be now, again, democrats would need 17 republicans to vote with them in order to convict, and that is a very high bar. savannah >> kristen, thank you. reminder, you can watch day two of the impeachment trial here on nbc. our special, live coverage getting under way at noon eastern today. now, to a disturbing string of attacks against asian-americans sparking fear during what should be the celebration for many ahead of the lunar new year nbc's jo ling kent has a closer look hey, jo. good morning >> hoda, good morning. that's right
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authorities in the bay area here in california say they've seen an uptick in recent weeks in violent attacks against asian-americans. it is adding to the already large number of incidents since the pandemic hit the u.s. almost a year ago it's prompting law enforcement to take some new action. we want to warn you, some of the video we're about to show is quite disturbing >> reporter: a string of violent attacks against elderly asian-americans has law enforcement on alert this surveillance video capturing an alleged assailant in california, violently shoving an 84-year-old thai american man to the ground. he died of his injuries days later. authorities say it is not currently being prosecuted as a hate crime, and the suspect pleaded not guilty a 91-year-old man was pushed over in oakland's chinatown. the motivation has not yet been determined >> in a 12-day period, there were 18 incidents of violence committed against asian individuals, many of whom were seniors. >> reporter: the spike in violence forcing the alameda county district attorney to
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create a special unit. hollywood stars are also speaking out, using their fame to raise awareness and donate funds to organizations that fight hate >> we're here for attention to the situation and to address the issue. >> we need to do more as asian-americans to voice our concerns and speak up, and we also cannot allow ourselves to be silenced. >> reporter: advocates say these attacks became more prevalent after former president trump began routinely using racist language to describe the pandemic. >> the china virus or i like the plague from china. >> reporter: a u.n. report found there were more than 1,800 racist incidents against asian-americans from march to may of last year after taking office, president biden last month signing an executive order, with new justice department guidance on how to specifically report anti-asian hate incidents. >> i'm directing federal agents to combat incidents of xenophobia, specifically against asian-americans and pacific islanders.
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>> reporter: what else needs to be done, beyond this executive order? >> a lot stems around education, so that we don't see asian-americans as foreigners. we don't see them as the other >> reporter: does this get better in your view? >> all of us galvanizing together, creating allyship, and recognizing the issues within our own country is a step forward. we got to keep hopeful >> reporter: now, as you can imagine, these attacks, along with others and all of the attention on social media now, have raised the fear and anxiety levels in chinatowns across the country. the alameda county district attorney tells me the bay area will see increased police presence this weekend for that important lunar new year celebration. hoda >> hope people are safe. jo, thank you. we've got the news covered for now. we sure could use a boost. >> i have good timing for you on this one babies can learn the ropes quickly, especially when it comes to fooling their parents watch what a 1-year-old, 1-year-old amelia does when her mom catches her playing with her bottle while she's supposed to be napping take a look.
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sunday night, the first woman to officiate in a super bowl. >> we are so excited to talk with her we're going to do that in a moment first, her trailblazing journey to football's biggest game >> reporter: 47-year-old sarah thomas spent her entire career breaking barriers. >> i didn't play the game of football, but i have been blessed to officiate the game of football. >> reporter: her story now making football history. >> she said her goal was always to be number one in her position. >> reporter: sunday, the mississippi mother of three became the first woman ever to officiate a super bowl her groundbreaking rise to the top over two decades in the making thomas earning her stripes working youth leagues and high school games before going on to claim an impressive series of firsts becoming the first woman to officiate a major college football game in 2007. and the nfl's first female full-time official in 2015 her family by her side every step of the way.
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her young daughter, bailey, leaving her this note before the big game and cheering her on from the stands this morning, another glass ceiling shattered. thomas now inspiring a legion of young fans, including her own, to follow in her footsteps >> i have a precious little girl that is watching her mom not just on a football field, but daily at home, and i want her to know, seeing it, believing it, and you can do it. >> we're so excited. sarah thomas joining us now. sarah, good morning. >> good morning. >> we think people should know a lot about you. first of all, you're a real athlete. i mean, in high school, you lettered five times just in softball you went on a basketball scholarship in college you were an academic all american you loved the game so i was thinking -- >> right. >> -- when that chapter closes, did you just decide, hey, let me try going down this route, let me try being a ref >> no, absolutely not. the story is that i was voted
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out of the men's basketball league that i had been in for three years. a couple months after that, i was on the phone with my older brother, lee, and i asked what he was doing he said he was going to a football officials meeting i said, can girls do that? he was like, i guess so, sis be there at 6:00, and don't be late that's where it started. >> you know what, it started a long time ago. you've been at this for years and years. anybody who thinks this is some overnight success, there you were in the trenches in your mind, what does it take to be good at this >> a lot of hard work. be willing to sacrifice a lot. i missed bailey's first steps. i was at walmart shopping, and, you know, i was, like, hopefully she'll take a lot more it's just a dedication it is surrounding yourself with a lot of good people i just have to commend my mother and father for laying such a wonderful christian foundation for all of us at home.
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just never depend on anybody hold yourself accountable. don't make excuses >> i love that. you have to have a thick skin, too. i was telling savannah, in college, i used to love basketball i ended up reffing basketball in college, fraternity leagues. i got to tell you, i never got yelled at as much as i did reffing the games. i still think about it how thick does your skin have to be to make it in the business? >> it's funny you say that about the fraternity league. i would say the peewee or flag football league is probably what got me prepared for the nfl. it can get a little rough. you just have to ignore it, i guess, if you will, and address it when you can. but i have to say, i was that athlete that i hated the officials. truth be told, they hated me i never wanted to be the official the players hated i just want to go out there and administer athletic justice and manage the position that i'm supposed to work. >> you also got a note, i heard,
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from your mom. your folks couldn't come to be at the game because of covid worries. what did the note say? >> so she pinned a little angel on my shirt when i was 18, a freshman in college. she told me she couldn't be there with me all the time, but she would be there with me in spirit and god would be watching over me. so she found that angel, and she pinned it, like you see on the note it just said, they wouldn't be there with me in person, but if i would, just wear it on my uniform. i did, right underneath on my heart, on my little undershirt >> mother and daddy and a beautiful note from your daughter, too. what a great family. what does your daughter think of her mom? >> i think she's pretty proud. again, you both know, being moms, i'm the one that disciplines them get your homework done get your teeth brushed, all of the above. the older boys, you know, give me your cell phone or your keys. i'm their mom, but they are very proud. it was so meaningful to have
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them all there for this moment >> being a mom is the best referee preparation i could imagine. sarah, we're so honored to talk to you congrats on all your success it is well-earned. >> thank you, both we love you. someone wants to say hey come here, bailey. >> is that bailey? >> yes, here >> bailey. >> hi, sweet girl. how are you? >> hi, lovely girl we love your mom >> all right >> bye, cutie. >> see you, hun. >> sweet. >> she's ready for her close-up. let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker, always ready for his close-up. >> absolutely. we're looking at some icy conditions getting themselves together in the mid-atlantic also some snowy conditions in the southwest. rest of the country, we're looking at snow developing through the upper midwest. sunny and warm down in florida 80 in tampa for the champa bay frigid conditions through the plains that's what's going on around the good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. as we take a look at our
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forecast, we're dry and sunny today, but then we'll start to see more clouds moving in tonight and rain won't be far behind. by tomorrow afternoon, we are seeing the rain spreading across the bay area and may be heavy late tomorrow evening. we take a break friday but then there will be more showers moving in early on saturday. basically every other day we've got a chance of rain in this forecast, and we will see it continue until early next week. u >> and that is you >> and that is your latest weather. we'll get to "pop start" in a moment, but you have a special "daly click. >> i do. we are bringing back the old "daly click" for this one. you may have seen the term "cat lawyer" trending on twitter overnight. it is all thanks to a viral video. if you haven't seen it, check out what happened when an attorney showed up to zoom court. >> i believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings. you might want to -- >> we're trying to -- can you hear me, judge >> i can hear you.
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i think it is a filter >> it is i don't know how to remove it. i've got my assistant here she's trying to. i'm prepared to go forward with it i'm here live. i'm not a cat. >> i'm not a cat >> joining us now is attorney ponton good morning to you. >> he's not a cat. >> when did you first, yesterday, realize you owned the internet >> i was having lunch after the hearing, and i was wondering why my phone was blowing up from around the country, around the world. i didn't know if i was in trouble or what was going on but i figured it out i think i got as big a laugh out of it as everybody else. >> we needed the laugh yesterday, mr. ponton. walk us through what happened. the filter, how did it get up there? did you figure out how to get it off? >> had the judge's help to get
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it off they had to come to a remote city to do some business, and so i was using my secretary's computer she has a young daughter i don't know how the filter got on there >> we've all been there. >> could have been a unicorn >> can you control it? can you be a cat right now can you become a cat right now do you know how to turn it on? >> i don't have the filter on right now. >> okay. >> certainly, it made my day >> ours, too. >> it made a lot of peoples. where are my quotes? great quotes online. people were relieved other lawyers were thanking you, saying -- there you go >> hey, ron. hey. >> i don't know if you can see it al and hoda, mr. ponton, they have their cat filters on. >> people were amazed, mr. ponton, you were still ready to litigate that case as a cat you were prepared to move on
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is that true >> i was, meow, meow, meow could happen to anybody, but, yesterday, it dang sure happened to me. >> it's real fun to do. >> it's been a long year, and you provided us with a much-needed smile yesterday. thank you, mr. ponton. appreciate your time. >> he's not a cat. >> let them laugh at myself. >> it was a lot of fun thank you. respect to you. >> hope you won your case. guys, let's move on to "pop start.roll hall of fame got a few fun things to get to few minutes ago the rock & roll hall of fame nominees are out. first eight, mary j. blige, kate bush, devo, foo fighters, iron maiden, jay-z, chaka kahn. continuing the list, carole king ll, new york dolls, rage against the machine, tina turner, dion
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warwick. as you see that list - >> heck of accomplishments >> couple things noteworthy to me tina turner bought into the hall of fame with ike and tina in '91. her solo career far surpassed that, 25 years, 10 albums, 11 grammys. sort of by default, she should be in again for sure another interesting note, dave grohl, first-time ballot he's already in with nirvana first-time ballot. if he'd get in this time, he would be the second musician since john lennon to get into the rock & roll hall of fame first ballot great to see the go gos, too. >> for sure. >> you can make a case for a lot of those there you can vote at rollandroll.com. inductees will be announced in may. we have time for our romcom. let's get to it quickly. round three of the romcom bracket showdown "pretty woman" moves on to face "sleepless in seattle," crushing "my big fat greek wedding. "something's got to give" taking
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on "you've got mail," which took down "notting hill." we'll maybe have a tom hanks/meg ryan shutdown in the final head to today.com and vote we'll have those tomorrow. a new wage hike coming for grocery workers in san jose. they apraved a new hazard pay for those putting themselves at risk each and every day. workers at large chains will receive an extra $3 an hour but the rule won't take effect for another few months. two voted against the ordinance, fearing it may trigger store closures and price hikes. now a look at the weather. when exactly can we see the rain? >> it will start to move in by tomorrow afternoon so we're starting out with sunshine for this morning.
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it's been fairly mild as we check out walnut creek. temperatures in the low 50s but you can see the trend by early in the afternoon. it will be a beautiful day with slightly warmer-than-normal air and our temperatures for today. as we go into tomorrow, rain starts to move in first to the north bay. during the late morning, the rest of us seeing it during the afternoon and for friday, we take a break from showers but we will have another chance early saturday. we should see clearing again for saturday afternoon into sunday. we will be waking up and heading out for work next week with rain once again back in the bay area. sierra? >> thank you, i'll have another local news update in about a half hour.
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♪ feeling good like i should ♪ 8:30 wednesday morning. 10th day of february, 2021 can we celebrate somebody on the staff? we are talking about al roker and his lovely wife, deborah. not just in "people" magazine, but, babe, on the cover. love issue we get to learn about roker's 25-year marriage, what makes it successful just look at the lovebirds beautiful pictures inside. >> there is a quote where they ask, who is more romantic. deborah says, i love romance, but al is always on it >> it's true >> i don't know about that >> cooks the most. >> good read.
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>> three different covers. one inside the other ted danson in there. ellen and portia. >> this is such a -- >> i'm sorry i'm focusing on one cover. >> it's deborah. >> stop it >> by the way, deborah looks fantastic. gorgeous. >> look at you guys. this comes to newsstands friday, nationwide check it out good story inside. we have a lot to get to in this half hour fresh off his super bowl commercial, black shelton chatting with nat about the ad with gwen, and fulfilling a lifelong dream at the grand ole opera.ve, josh groban he has new music, new concert streaming just in time for valentine's day. and he is going to treat us to an exclusive performance this morning. >> that is pretty cool. then who needs a trip to italy? all of us, actually. giada is going to take us there. hello, giada good to see you.
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>> hello. >> good to see you. healthy recipes for pasta and homemade foccacia. "3rd hour of today," we are going to catch up with the funny, always hilarious samantha bee. before all that, let's get a check of the weather from our cover boy, mr. roker. >> all right let's get started. over the weekend, bitter cold in the plains we have snow from the rockies into the northwest morning snow in the mid-atlantic wet weather through the gulf saturday, bitter cold continues in the upper midwest some snow down south another pacific storm comes on shore with wet weather through california sunday, sunday, snow in the northeast. heavy snow in the rockies. bitter cold in the midsection of the country. showers down through florida that's what's going on around the country. good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. let's take a look at our seven-day forecast. so we're all clear and sunny today. temperatures warming up, inland areas near the mid-60s.
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but tomorrow we will see rain moving in the north bay and during the afternoon for the rest of the bay area. ain moving in on saturday. we have some more off-and-on rain. meanwhile, san francisco will see temperatures staying in the 50s until next week. >> and that's your latest weather, hoda. hanks. i'm busy reading about you. >> so good you need time, though. it is a big spread. coming up next, from the grand ole opry to gwen stefani, blake shelton opens up to natalie about making his dreams come true.
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a special celebration of the home and the heart of country music. talking about the grand ole opry. >> that's right. iconic national institution is turning 95. nbc's natalie morales sat down with one of its proud members, our buddy, blake shelton.
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>> hi, nat! >> good morning. blake is hosting a special celebrating nashville's legendary show and stage. as he pays tribute to the rich history, he reflects on what the opry means to him. ♪ i saw the light in a sunrise ♪ >> repor i can specifically remember as a kid getting mad at the radio because they weren't playing whatever i thought was good at the time. >> reporter: growing up in oklahoma, the pinnacle of blake's country music dream was to perform at the grand ole opry. >> my earliest memories of my grandma talking to me, saying, some day you're going to be on the grand ole opry. to me, it was something your grandma would say to you. for that something so outlandish and ridiculous to become a reality truly is a dream come true. >> welcome to the grand ole opry, everybody! >> reporter: the legendary nashville stage concert has been home to hitmakers and legends alike. from hank williams to garth
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brooks and dolly parton. what started as a barn dance radio show 95 years ago is now country's crowning achievement. blake was 25 years old when he made his grand ole opry debut. do you remember the first time performing, what that was like for you? >> yeah. i had been living in nashville for seven years before. i remember it was the first time i felt like i belonged there. i wasn't just a cling-on, someone trying to sneak into parties. i had the same ultimate feeling when i became a member of the grand ole opry, as far as they can never take that away from now. >> i'm the one that has been authorized tonight to invite blake shelton to be a member of the grand ole opry. >> reporter: an invitation to become an opry member is like joining a hall of fame. >> thank you, grand ole opry. >> reporter: an honor blake received in 2010. >> this is the biggest thing that's ever happened to me. >> reporter: when you think of the opry and what it represents, i mean, it is the heart, the
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soul, it really is the beat behind country in a lot of ways. what has it done for you? >> it was just -- it's hard to put it into words, natalie, because it was just it. you find out the history, what was born from, and the stars that were launched. now, we're celebrating 95 years of this thing, and it's still going strong. maybe stronger than ever. >> reporter: blake is celebrating nine decades of music by hosting this weekend's grand ole opry anniversary special, alongside brad paisley. they'll be joined by country music's biggest stars, for performances and stories from a place many call home. >> for any country artist, that first moment entering this circle right here is something they will remember forever. it's the artists that keep this thing going. when we perform on the opry, there's really not a paycheck at all. we're coming there because we're honored to be on that stage. we want to keep this tradition alive. >> reporter: has gwen been in the opry yet? >> she hasn't gotten to go.
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she performed on the grand ole opry radio show in the digital version. she hasn't really had a chance to take it in, walk down the hallways, and see the history. >> reporter: by the way, i loved your super bowl commercial. >> oh, my god, hilarious, right? i mean, no. >> that's what was funny about that commercial. every day, if i look at social media, whatever, there's always somebody commenting, going, man, what the hell happened to this world where gwen stefani and blake shelton are a thing now? we thought it'd be fun to have some fun. every day is a new adventure, for sure. >> reporter: blake said he was so excited to celebrate the grand ole opry, that he basically invited himself to host the special. you're going to get to see performances from carrie underwood, garth brooks, little big town, dierks bentley, dolly parton, and so many more. all our favorites. it is going to be a star-studded night. >> don't want to miss that. >> natalie, thank you. >> it'll be great. >> nat will have more of her interview on the fourth hour.
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you can catch the grand ole opry, 95 years of country music, sunday night, right here on nbc. >> sounds good. coming up next, another superstar singer, josh groban. we're going to catch up with him, and he will perform some new music for us. oh, you think this is just a community center? no. it's way more than that. cause when you hook our community up with the internet... boom! look at ariana, crushing virtual class. jamol, chasing that college dream. michael, doing something crazy. this is the place where we can show the world what we can do. comcast is partnering with 1000 community centers to create wifi-enabled lift zones, so students from low-income families can get the tools they need to be ready for anything. oh we're ready. ♪ ♪
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♪ we always have a big party, it's a big thing for us. everyone gets together... to just have fun. the happy chaos... a lot of noise and... for me, i just enjoy it all... ♪ ♪ ♪
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the citi music series on "today" is proudly presented to you by citi. >> we are back with a perfect way to start your wednesday. getting serenaded by the one and only josh groban. >> yes he is going to treat us to a special performance in a moment. first, the tony and grammy nominated star is with us live, up early in la hi, josh good morning. >> very good morning to you. yes, it is a hump day serenade thank you for having me. >> this is your time of year this is like your super bowl, valentine's day, josh. you're like the love crooner you've got some new music.
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>> i do, yeah. i've always felt lucky to have music this time of year. i've always been better at singing my feelings than speaking them. so, yeah, to have these timeless songs, songs that i've always turned to that have been the soundtrack to my life and so many lives, it is a very lucky thing. i'm so glad i get to sing them >> you have a special virtual concert coming up this weekend, too, right, in time for valentine's day. >> yeah. you know, i didn't know if i would love the virtual concert thing. i was right at the tail end of a real tour when we all went into lockdown there's something just kind of beautiful about the fact that we are all in isolation us included in this little box we're filming these livestreams in the comments i get afterwards ot is how important it is we connect, even virtually, and especially during times when we want to be together, like valintine's day. i'm glad to be a part of that and hopefully put a smile on people's faces >> you got to love a love song
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some you've written, some you haven't. but what is the best all-time love song? >> oh wow. there is >> no pressure. >> there is really -- ones i wanted to sing on the album. "first time i saw your face. i have a bucket list song, that i have not yet recorded that is "unchained melody" that i want to sing at some point in my life. >> yes. >> i think it is probably one of, if not the best love songs in the world. >> beautiful. >> you have to record that >> it's one of those ones where you know the original so well. that's the challenge for a singer what on earth are you going to do that both honors the original and also allows you to do your own thing to it. sometimes i wait a couple decades because i don't feel ready. it'll happen it'll happen >> you just grobanize it it'll be amazing. >> you know what easier said than done. >> josh, we appreciate your timeyou have in this exclusive performance you're about to do so without further ado, here is "angels" from josh's brand-new
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album, "harmony deluxe." ♪ ♪ i sit and wait does an angel contemplate my fate and do they know places where we go ♪ into the g♪ ♪ when we're grey and old because i have been told that salvation lets their wings unfold ♪ ♪ when i'm lying in my bed thoughts running through my head and i feel that love is dead ♪
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i'm loving angels instead ♪ ♪ through it all she offers me protection a lot of love and affection ♪ ♪ whether i'm right or wrong ♪ ♪ and down the waterfall wherever it may take me ♪ ♪ i know that life won't break me ♪ ♪ when i come to cross she walks me in safety ♪ instea♪ ♪ i'm loving angels instead ♪ ♪ feeling weak pain walks down one way street ♪ i look above and know i'll always be this blessed with
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love ♪ ♪ as the feeling grows she brings flesh to my bones when love is dea i'm loving angels instead ♪ ♪ and through it al she offers me protection a lot of love and affection whether i'm right or wrong ♪ ♪ down the waterfal wherever it may take m i know that life won't break me when i come to call ♪i'm lov ♪ she won't forsake me i'm loving angels instead ♪
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♪♪ ♪ ♪ through it a ♪ ♪ through it al she offers me protection a lot of love and affection whether i'm right or wrong ♪ ♪ down the waterfal wherever it may take m i know that life won't break me when i come to call ♪ ♪ she won't forsake m
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i'm loving angels instead ♪ >> yes, what a great song. great work. >> fantastic. >> beautiful. >> thank you, josh >> the song holds up, too. >> thanks, guys. grobanized it. >> by the way, what are you doing for your 40th? >> big question. you know, it's a weird time to have a milestone birthday. probably just sitting around in my socks and watch "the voice. >> there you go. >> record "unchained melody. >> can't wait to open up the set, and you can come hang out. josh, thanks again >> me, too i miss you guys. thanks for having me on. thank you. >> new album is excellent, per usual. valentine's da concert streams this weekend josh, thanks again. up next, a tasty meal to prepare for your sweetheart or any time for that matter giada has italian recipes. there she is
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"today food. one of our favorites, giada de laurentiis. >> she's known for her cookbooks and hit shows on the food network. kids, she's back with a brand-new series on discovery plus it is called "bobby and giada in italy. it should be "giada and bobby. anyway, it is a fun, mouth-watering tour. >> giada was teaching bobby all about italy. this morning, she's going to take us on a tour of healthy and easy italian recipes our mouths are watering. >> yeah. >> that looked like so much fun, tooling around italy how was doing that >> it was fun. really, really appreciate it, since it's been so long since we can go anywhere. it was fantastic i mean, i think it was long, and i was away from jade for quite some time. bobby and i had a blast, we really did we needed our days apart for a little bit of a breather from each other other than that, it was really fun. >> looks like a movie, like a
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james bond film more than a cooking show incredible. >> i also did a lot of translating. i feel like i was sort of the translator through the whole show >> bobby admitted he didn't speak any italian. >> take us to the dish you're making, giada. what do you got? >> an italian pasta. i don't know if you know what this is, but fregola it's pasta, toasted. this is cooked like a couscous cook it in chicken broth that's what it ends up looking like so you cook this in advance in chicken broth and salt, like regular pasta. i'm making it with citrus, which is really popular, especially in the south. so orange and grapefruit >> interesting. >> what? >> yh.ea orange and grapefruit, mint and basil which i chopped earlie while listening to josh groban, h was lovely a little romance while i'm doing it some toasted fennel seeds, which is really popular in italian cooking. and then i made an orange zest
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and olive oil sort of dressing to go over the top with a little bit of salt. you're using everything in the dish if you want to top it off with sliced onions. not really my favorite at 5:00 in the morning, but still. i, too, am in los angeles. then we just toss it all together see how pretty that is >> wow. >> this is great. >> so fresh. >> if you want to make it in advance. look how pretty. it is fresh, pretty, and very comforting. >> does that hold up the next day, too, or do you eat it immediately? >> nope, the longer it sits, the better it is like any pasta salad, it absorbs. >> what about the -- >> okay. so focaccia. so i made this last night and worked on it this morning. so this is the end product right here if you can see, see that >> pretty. >> i made two different ones grape and rosemary mandarin orange and fennel
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basically, homemade dough. can you guys see this?need to l couple times, so it does take a minute to do in quarantine, i think we have the time we stick in the fingers, put olive oil on, as well as on the bottom of the pan before the dough is in it stick your fingers like this, kind of fun. it pops back right? see that kind of cool then i sprinkle it with lots of salt i like a lot of salt on my focaccia and a lot of olive oil. then i take grapes, as small as i can find them. if you can't find small grapes, cut them in half you put blueberries on this, pretty much anything, savory or sweet. that's what i love about this. during quarantine, everybody has been making bread. why not make focaccia from scratch, as well >> how hard is focaccia? >> super easy for giada. >> not just me, super easy in
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general. grapes and rosemary right on top. 30 minutes >> 30 seconds, giada cut to the exciting conclusion what happens now >> what happens now? >> yeah. >> put it in the oven, and it comes out like this, savannah. >> love it. >> tah-dah. >> you do this, savannah. >> eat it. now, that is something i can do. >> "bobby and giada in italy" on discovery plus. >> that was good. >> for more, today.com/food. coming up, we'll hear more from blake shelton >> black puma performing their hit "colors," after i'm cierra johnson. teams are still in the early stages of trying to contain a spill that put hundreds of thousands of oil into san francisco bay. it happened yesterday afternoon, that's when workers from the chevron refinery noticed a large slick coming from an underwater
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pipeline. we know 600,000 gallons of oil spilled and it is contained. beaches around the area are closed. they dropped a boom into water to limit the spread. authorities say there's no impact on wildlife but it's unclear what triggered the leak. what's happeng ninow, we have a crew in richmond tracking the cleanup effort and digging for more answers about the cause. we're posting updates as we get them. look for the latest at the top of our home page. and home page arguments are about to get under way in the senate impeachment trial for drp. democratic house managers will have 16 hours to present their evidence that trump incited last month's capitol riot. the defense will then follow. nbc bay area will cover that live all day long. that should be getting under way any time. also head to our twitter feed where you can find updates throughout the trial.
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>> announcer: this is an nbc news special report, the second impeachment trial of donald j. trump. here's lester holt. >> good morning, everyone. and welcome once again and to nbc's live coverage to the second impeachment of donald trump charged with inciting an insurrection a deadly assault on the capitol january 6th five week said ago today. yesterday the senate voted 56-44 that the now former president is in fact subject to trial and conviction under the constitu

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